Wagner, pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC and former Promise Keepers employee, is speaking out against the CEO style pastor and for the Shepherd style pastor. I enjoyed his statements against using current business and leadership techniques to build churches, including daring to question evangelical gurus such as George Barna (whom I have often thought more secular than Christian). He is very strong on special calling and even tries to temper Guinness in The Call. I certainly can identify more with Wagner’s shepherd-pastor than with the common church-growth selfishness.
We Who Are SlavesMarch 31, 2018
Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). To deny oneself in today’s culture might simply mean to practice a little self-control, perhaps to eat a little less, or to be more diligent with one’s personal devotions. But this […]
Who Needs The Local Church?July 2, 2017
This is a day of convenience, quick on-line shopping, and instant everything. It is almost possible for a person to live one’s whole life without leaving the house. If someone can arrange to work from home, the rest is easy. You can do all of your banking online, shop for almost anything and have it […]
What About Foot Washing?April 5, 2017
It’s not unusual to be asked about baptism or the Lord’s Supper but in conjunction with that the question of foot washing as an ordinance of the church often comes up. I usually reply that I certainly believe in foot washing, especially for boys under ten years old! But why is it that I do […]